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PostSubject: Finn Harps   Tue Mar 13, 2012 5:23 am

Full coach load of us heading down next week. Best have that bar well stocked up.

Have ye much of a squad this year? We're looking fairly strong this year. Very attacking lineup.
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PostSubject: Re: Finn Harps   Tue Mar 13, 2012 8:54 am

what bar??? Embarassed Embarassed

We have a young squad but we seem to be playing some nice football. not as much hoof tactics as previous years.
I reckon well nick it 2-1
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PostSubject: Re: Finn Harps   Tue Mar 13, 2012 11:18 am

plenty of bars in town nigel there will be no shortage o booze Laughing local side in all-ireland final the next day too so be mental in dans sat night!!!!

money is tight again this yr but we should be a little better than last season?!?!
score? mmmmm 2-2 Cool
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PostSubject: Re: Finn Harps   Wed Mar 14, 2012 3:48 am

Christ, had no idea the bar had stopped going. Pity.

With the All-Ireland final the next day do you think it will affect attendance?
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PostSubject: Re: Finn Harps   Sat Mar 17, 2012 5:49 am

nigel-ha wrote:
Christ, had no idea the bar had stopped going. Pity.

With the All-Ireland final the next day do you think it will affect attendance?

hard to know, will find out shortly Cool ... my 1st game this season, come on the town!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Finn Harps   Sat Mar 17, 2012 5:51 am

Mike Kerley has injury worries with Damien Rushe (Hip), Robbie Kelleher (Leg) and Mark Sherlock (Hamstring) all remain doubtful. Stephen Relihan (Knee) will also miss out but it is believed that the injury might not be as serious as was first feared giving this talented young midfielder a chance of a return this season.

Kick off in Athlone Town Stadium Friday night is scheduled for 7.45pm.
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PostSubject: Re: Finn Harps   Sat Mar 17, 2012 9:54 am

town 2 harps 0 good game i thought, we played really well at times noelly got the 2 goals the 2nd wasa peach of a free kick Laughing , we deserved the win i thought, although jennings pulled off 2 excellent saves to deny the harps,

if it wasnt for the volunteers today who worked tirelessly to get the pitch playable there wouldve been no game!!! the pitch was under water earlier in the day and completely unplayable, so well done to all involved, 2 wins from 3 and 2nd to longford in the table good start to the season
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PostSubject: Re: Finn Harps   Sat Mar 17, 2012 2:23 pm

Pitch was absolutely shocking! I thought it was a terrible game. Not just because we lost, but that was just a horrible horrible game to watch.
First goal was a disaster at the back. 2nd goal was a stupid free to give away, well put away, but even said it before it was taken, wall was terribly lined up and keeper was way too far over to the side. Terrible positioning all round.

We could have had 2 or 3 goals easily, but for the pitch and shocking finishing. Spoke to one or two players who were absolutely disgusted with the performance too.

Best of luck to you guys anyway. You'll take points off teams in Lissywollen all season.
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PostSubject: Re: Finn Harps   Sun Mar 18, 2012 12:56 am

i thought as far as 1st division goes it was a good game Laughing ... lets face it we wont be seeing too much top drawer stuff in this league Rolling Eyes ,

if it wasnt for the volunteers who worked hard to get the pitch playable there wouldve been no game!! the pitch was completely waterlogged at lunchtime,after all the rain from thurs night and fri morning,

anyway on we go, mervue away next!
good luck for the rest of the season anyway nigel (apart from against us Laughing )
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PostSubject: Re: Finn Harps   Sun Mar 18, 2012 1:17 am

Athlone Town 2 Finn Harps 0

By Chris on March 16, 2012

A SECOND half brace from Noel McGee bagged all three points for Athlone Town as they overcome Finn Harps 2-0 at Athlone Town Stadium on Friday night.

The win puts Athlone into second place ahead of title favourites Limerick FC, and Waterford United on goal difference, and three points behind early League leaders Longford Town.

McGee has been in superb form since the start of the season, and went close just 6 minutes in. One-on-one with Harps ‘keeper Ciaran Gallagher, McGee’s shot was put behind for a corner. From the corner, Ross Kenny had his shot taken off the line, with Joe Woods then blocked down from close range.

The young full-back had another shot blocked on 18 minutes after Brian McCarthy’s header fell kindly to him.

Harps’ first real chance of the game two minutes later, but Tommy McBride shot straight into the arms of Pat Jennings.

There was controversy a minute later, as McGee was brought down in the box, but referee Adriano Reale waved play-on when a penalty looked likely.

Mark Sherlock had a good chance on 27 minutes, but he was crowded out in the box after Garvan Broughall and McGee combined to set up the chance.

Town ‘keeper Jennings had another easy save to make just after the half-hour mark as Blain Curtis shot straight at him, but the effort wouldn’t have counted at any rate as the flag was raised for offside.

Harps’ captain Kevin McHugh made him work harder just before the break, forcing him to save low down to his left after he was played in by McBride.

Broughall could have given the home side the lead on the stroke of half-time, but he put the ball just wide of the post after a cross came in from the left wing.

When a Kevin Williamson corner was headed goalward by Woods ten minutes into the second half, McGee did well to react to it, but his header went just over the bar.

The visitors missed a glorious chance to take the lead 4 minutes later when Town failed to clear in the six yard box, but Woods reacted best beating two Harps players to the ball and cleared for a throw-in.

Harps should have taken the lead just after the hour mark, when Jennings made a great save from Curtis. However, the striker will wonder how he didn’t score the rebound with the goal at his mercy, but instead put it well wide.

Athlone punished them for those missed chance on 68 minutes, when Mark Sherlock won possession 30 yards from goal. He carried the ball before unselfishly squaring to McGee who slotted home for his second goal in two games.

Town wasted a free-kick on the edge of the box on 78 minutes, but Aaron O’Hagan gave them a second chance when he needlessly tripped McGee in a similar position to the first. The captain picked himself up and dispatched a precision free-kick over the wall and into the back of the net. The goal was even sweeter as Athlone were denied a share of the spoils against Longford a week earlier, when an identical free forced a brilliant save from Longford ‘keeper Craig Hyland.

Adam Clarke had two tame efforts saved by Jennings, before McGee had a great chance to bring home the match ball on the stroke of full-time. On the break, Jason Hughes fed the ball through to the striker, but he scuffed his shot wide under pressure from a Harps defender.

With a 100% home start to the season behind them, Mike Kerley’s charges are on their travels next Friday night when they face Mervue United at Fahy’s Field, before welcoming Limerick to Athlone Town Stadium a week later. Sandwiched in between, Town can pit their wits against Premier Division Drogheda United in the EA Sports Cup.

ATHLONE TOWN: Pat Jennings, Joe Woods, Ross Kenny, Tommy Barrett (Paul Danaher 32), Brian McCarthy, Mark Walshe (Kevin Williamson 15), Darren Coleman, Jason Hughes, Garvan Broughall (Niall Scullion 86), Mark Sherlock, Noel McGee.

FINN HARPS: Ciaran Gallagher, James Doherty, Ciaran Coll, Aaron O’Hagan, Tommy McMonagle, Hugh Carlin (Tommy Bonnar 73), Adam Clarke, Tommy McBride, Blain Curtis, Kevin McHugh, Stephen O’Donnell (Ciaran Greene HT).

REFEREE: Adriano Reale

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